Many people ask me – what do I need to do if I want to buy a Postgreen Home? As a licensed REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Preferred for the past six years, I have helped many people purchase homes, and I know it can be a daunting task. But with the right information and resources, it can be a snap! We at Postgreen have done our best to make the process as simple as possible. Let me take you through the steps.
1) CUSTOMIZE YOUR HOME: Go to postgreehomes.com and see what we have for sale. Currently, we only have two homes left in the Skinny Project, which will be breaking ground in the next week or so. If you take a look under projects, you can see which lots are available for sale. Choose a lot, and customize it to your liking. Once you are finished, you will receive a PDF of the home you have designed. Give a copy of this PDF to your real estate agent, or you can contact me directly if you don’t have an agent you are currently working with.
2) TALK TO A MORTGAGE BROKER AND GET PREAPPROVED: Getting pre-approved is a vital step in the home buying process, because it lets you know what you are qualified for in terms of a mortgage. Before signing an agreement on any home, you will need to have a pre-approval in hand. It takes only 15 minutes to do, and you are under no obligation to move forward. If you don’t have a mortgage representative you are currently working with, contact me and I would be happy to point you to some of the people we like.
3) SIGN AN AGREEMENT OF SALE: The agreement of sale is the contract to purchase the home. It outlines the terms of the purchase, such as price, upgrades, title and more. The Agreement is NOT the actual purchasing of the home – it is the contract that says you will purchase at a later date. Some of the main terms it will include are as follows:
- DEPOSITS: The good faith deposit is money that you put into “escrow” that is held for you until settlement. At settlement you get this money back to go towards the purchase of the home, or back in your pocket. This money is used to show good faith that you intend to purchase the property, and is refundable should you cancel the agreement based on the terms of the contract. Generally, the first deposit is $1000, and is due when you sign the contract. Then, within 15 days of signing, an additional 5% of the purchase price is due. Also, we require 50% of the cost of all of your upgrades as a non-refundable deposit.
- MORTGAGE CONTINGENCY: This is one of the contingencies that protects you as a buyer. It outlines the type of mortgage you intend to get to purchase the home. There are a lot of details to this contingency, but long story short, if you can’t get the mortgage (and you have done everything you should according to the contract), you can get out of the contract and receive your money back.
- INSPECTIONS: With a new construction home, there is an allowance for inspections. Once the developers give you the buyer notice that the home is ready, you can inspect the property yourself, or bring in a licensed inspector.
- ESTIMATED SETTLEMENT DATE: Since these homes are new construction, there is not a firm settlement date. However, there is an estimated time frame for completion, so you can have an idea of when to expect your home to be ready.
4) SIT BACK AND RELAX: Once you have signed the contract, applied for your mortgage, and turned in your deposits, there isn’t much to do but sit back and watch your home being built. We update the blog often with our progress, so you can be well informed on the status of construction.
5) SETTLEMENT – WELCOME HOME!! Once we have received the certificate of occupancy from the city, we are ready to go to settlement! This is when you will sign the mortgage documents and actually purchase the home. You will receive your keys, your Postgreen Homes welcome package, and the deed to one of the coolest homes in Philly. ENJOY!
Please note that this is a general outline of the buying process. Each purchase is different, and the terms of the actual contract may not be as outlined above. Be sure to speak with your agent to ensure you understand all of the terms before you move forward. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments.